Education

Education
2:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Education Commissioner Acknowledges Focus On Student Learning in New JCPS Teachers Union Contract

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday joined JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens at a forum this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he appreciates the focus on student learning in the new Jefferson County Teachers Association contract, and the state will monitor its impact on low-performing schools in the district.

Holliday was critical of the union contract prior to negotiations, which began in early June. He previously said there were instances where teachers at low-performing schools would not follow certain turnaround efforts because of the contract provisions. 

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Education
11:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

What Else Is Included In The Jefferson County Teachers Association Contract?

The Jefferson County school board and teachers union have both approved the new five-year bargaining agreement that will give schools more options when hiring teachers. 

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Education
8:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

JCPS Approves New Teachers Union Contract; Board Member Questions Paying Union President

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a new five-year bargaining agreement with the teachers union, but the vote was not unanimous.  

The contract was approved 5-1—board member David Jones Jr. was absent—and will mean more flexibility for principals and schools when hiring new teachers and no cost-of-living increases.

Click here to read the contract.

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Education
5:40 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Congressman Yarmuth Introduces Literacy Bill, But Education Remains An Issue For Congress

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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act remains a challenge and certain programs that need updating are falling by the wayside.

Yarmuth has introduced the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation ACT—or LEARN Act—in the House and an identical bill has also been introduced in the Senate. Both bills face uphill battles as Congress discusses reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act, which hasn’t been updated for over a decade.

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Education
3:34 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues

The latest study says kids learn better in charter schools than in public schools. But even charter school supporters question the study and its methods of research.
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Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.

But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools?

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Education
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Anti-Union Group 'Pleased With Progress' In Teachers Contract, JCPS School Board Votes Tonight

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Leaders from Kids First Louisville—one of the groups that have criticized the Jefferson County Teachers Association—now say they’re pleased with progress the district and union have made on the new teachers' contract, which will be voted on by the school board Wednesday night. 

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Education
8:44 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Kentucky School Vending Machines Offer Healthier Changes Next Year

Snacks offered in Kentucky school vending machines could soon be healthier, according new federal regulations set to take effect next summer.

The changes shouldn’t be monumental, says Sue Bartenfield, the nutrition program manager for the Kentucky Department of Education, and some state regulations, like fat content, which are tougher than the federal changes will remain in place. 

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Education
6:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

JCPS Takes Registration Process On The Road To Reach Remaining Families

Jefferson County Public Schools is trying to reach any remaining students who have not yet registered with the district by taking their application process on the road.

Over the next month, JCPS will drive a vehicle stocked with computers and employees to certain neighborhoods and help families register.

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Education
3:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Members Ratify New 5-Year Contract

Jefferson County Teachers Association members have ratified a new five-year contract with the school district, which includes no cost-of-living pay increases next year and gives principals more flexibility in hiring.

The JCTA asked its over 6,000 members to vote over the past week and union officials now say 84 percent approve of the contract.

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Education
5:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

U of L President James Ramsey Rejects Higher Pay Raise, Trustees Approve 4 Percent Increase

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The University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a 4 percent pay raise Friday for President James Ramsey, who rejected a higher raise recommended by the compensation committee this week.

Trustees’ Vice Chair Robert Hughes says Ramsey voluntarily rejected a 6 percent raise, despite meeting all but one of the 50 goals set by the board and the U of L Foundation--the school's private funding arm that supports around half of Ramsey's salary.

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